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Effects of melting permafrost: ancient viruses and carbon release

Flickr / NASA Goddard Space Flight Center There seems to be an ever-growing list of ominous consequences of melting ice— especially when it’s the kind scientists expected would remain frozen forever.  “Until recently, permafrost was not a major concern of climate scientists, because, as the name suggests, it was soil that stayed permanently frozen,” New York […]

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Melted permafrost floods doomsday seed vault

The vault was built in a mountain on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago, 800 miles away from the North Pole. The surrounding permafrost and stable tectonics made the location seem ideal when the vault opened in 2008, but less than a decade later, climate change has undermined assumptions that the seeds […]

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Svalbard doomsday seed vault in trouble because of melting permafrost

If everything goes wrong — if because of disaster, climate change, or nuclear war, life as we know it comes to an end, with parts of the earth rendered inhospitable with widespread environmental devastation, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a resource that could come to our rescue.  Hidden approximately 400 feet deep inside a mountain on a remote island between mainland […]